Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Job Description The University of Minnesota’s Department of Anesthesiology is seeking a Laboratory Manager with a broad set of laboratory research skills to work on projects centered on chronic pain. The ideal candidate will have an interest in performing: protein and RNA expression assays, mouse colony management, pre-clinical surgeries, pre-clinical behavioral assays, tissue dissection, histology, microscopy, tissue/cell culture and general lab management. At a minimum, applicants should have experience with a sub-set of these tasks and a willingness to learn. As the lab recruits graduate students and postdocs it will be important that the applicant teach and oversee new lab members ensuring safe and consistent lab procedures are being followed. As specific tasks associated with this position will shift with each project; a willingness to learn and be flexible is therefore critical for this position.
Responsibilities 50% Design, perform, and analyze experiments • Responsible for measurement of protein and RNA, in vivo behavioral assays, histology, etc. • Record detailed observations about experiments • Maintain and develop standard laboratory protocols • Contribute to manuscript preparation
25%: General Lab Management, Maintenance, and Inventory Management • Maintain laboratory records, inventories, and logbooks • Responsible for mouse colony management • Providing and enforcing standard operating procedures • Monitor and maintain machines • Ensure samples are received and stored properly • Ensure all waste is removed according to regulations • Ensure compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures • Training of other scientists, technicians, and support personnel • Responsible for lab supply ordering, and lab organization and cleaning
25% Administration • Responsible for writing and maintaining Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), detailed documentation of methods and experimental results. • Present on topics related to the laboratory • Corresponding with PIs and other outside laboratories, corresponding and meeting with other University laboratory personnel on joint projects, corresponding with accountants and other university resources regarding projects and personnel • Assist with drafting contract/grant proposals including researching methods, literature searches, fixing formatting issues, compiling multiple people's input into one draft, drafting budgets, obtaining appropriate quotes, finalizing details, sending materials, and corresponding with accountants, SPA, and other entities involved in grant submission.
About the Lab The overall objective our research program is to enhance the quality of life for chronic pain patients by improving pain diagnosis and treatment through increased understanding of the underlying causes. The research program is primarily focused on chronic low back pain, the role of epigenetics in the development and maintenance of persistent pain and in the combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies to reduce pain, while minimizing undesired side-effects. Given the complex nature of pain, the lab collaborates extensively with colleagues that have complementary expertise and incorporates a broad range of methodological approaches.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
Required Qualifications • Bachelor’s Degree in biological science/biomedical with 4 years relevant laboratory work experience or a Master’s Degree in biological sciences/biomedical with 2 years post-graduate work experience • Strong organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills • Computer skills, including proficiency with MS Office, and ability to learn new software
Preferred Experience • Ability to learn and develop and troubleshoot new procedures • Ability to clearly document procedures and results • Experience in extraction and measurement of protein (e.g. ELISA, western blot) and RNA • Experience with tissue and/or cell culture • Experience in microscopy, histology and immunohistochemistry • Experience with pre-clinical models (e.g. small animal surgery, behavior, perfusion, dissection) • Experience in management of mouse breeding colonies • Experience as a laboratory manager
Internal Number: 337057
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